Calling these birds "shorebirds" is perhaps a little misleading. While both the American Woodcock and the Wilson's Snipe are related to coastal species, these birds inhabit inland areas. Both are superbly camouflaged to blend in their respective habitats: American Woodcock in the leaf litter of young forests and Wilson's Snipe in tall grasses and sedges of wetlands areas.
While quiet and secretive by day, both of these birds perform impressive courtship displays during evening and nighttime hours. Click on the bios below for more information.